Monday, November 24, 2008

Red, Valentino, the last master of Haute Couture

Valentino, the last master of Haute Couture!!

Valentino is a master of elegance and opulence. The Italian designer made his mark creating luxurious gowns with intricate detailing and tastefully body-conscious silhouettes.

The fabrics tend to be both delicate and rich—laces, chiffons, and silk crepe, along with wool, leather, and suede

Valentino has long been popular among European royalty, American socialites, and celebrities.

While his new creations get a great deal of attention—and requests, especially around red-carpet time—many also collect his vintage dresses.

45 years of style at the museum of Ara Pacis (Rome), July 6th October 28th 2007

Here are some pics from the booklet of the exhibit of Valentino's body of work in Rome. The Ara Pacis Museum(whose name means "Altar of Peace" is definitely the most fitting place in which to stage such an exhibit.

Black tulle dress. Underdress embroidered in floral motif with black and silver sequins, fully overlaid with black silk tulle featuring embroidered branches in black jet and bouillonne flowers in black silk and black jet pistils. Two folds on the left lend added movement. The low back is secure with a jeweled pin. *

Evening gown design as a tribute to the Commedia dell'Arte: Burlesque line, sweetheart neckline, draped basket weave bodice in chiffon in shades of purple, sea green, turquoise and yellow; textured crinoline skirt in the same colors as the bodice with giant diamonds marked out with inlaid black tulle. *

*Pics and text from "Valentino a Roma" (45 years of style at the Museum of Ara Pacis..)

Pics taken at the "Ara Pacis" exhibition;

On rare occasions we get the opportunity to see some of the "couture magic" being made. Here are some pics from Valentino's atelier where seamstress are working on some peaces for the couture collection.

On this pic you could see the details and construction of a jacket from Spring 2008 Couture Collection.

Seamstresses working on evening gowns (Spring 2008 Couture)

When Valentino retired the world lost the last master of haute couture!!

Au revoir maƮtre de conception de mode !!!

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